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ERIC Number: ED448479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Engaging in the Pursuit of Speaking Excellence: A Faculty Decision.
Hobgood, Linda B.
The mission of a communication or speaking center--to enhance opportunities for pursuing speaking proficiency--is an impressive goal for any college or university. Responsibility for its pursuit and attainment is often assigned to a very few. To serve the campus community to the greatest extent, a communication center must depend upon the support of faculty from all academic disciplines; the staff of a speaking center is typically viewed as responsible for engaging faculty interest. If the efforts of the communication center are to succeed, faculty preparation needs to be earnest, if not enthusiastic. For this to be manifested, the staff of a communication center should research each department's objectives, apprise themselves of course aims and requirements, ascertain knowledge of and highlight those programs which offer greatest potential, and be prepared to meet individual faculty members at their particular levels of need. Professors, like students, bring to a course or an assignment varied backgrounds in and understanding of proficiency in speech or communication competence. They need demonstrable evidence that a speaking-intensive course component will enhance understanding of course material and accrue to students' benefit in their pursuit of speaking excellence. Faculty development, which includes research and appraisal, therefore, becomes a preemptory necessity in the establishment of a communication center to which faculty members decide to lend informed, wholehearted, and consistent support. (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A